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Stephen Stewart

Stephen Stewart

Partner in Commercial Property Team
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For so long Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) were little more than coloured paperwork forming part of a conveyancing transaction. This is all set to change from 1 April 2018 with regulations that require commercial properties being leased to have a minimum EPC rating of E. Landlords that rent out properties with lower ratings could face fines of up to £150,000.

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Most tenants will recognise the importance of lease terms relating to the amount of rent payable or the length of a lease, but the remaining provisions can be just as, if not more, important with potential ramifications on their business costs.

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At the start of April the latest Government reform came into play with the intention of cooling the buy-to-let market, being an additional 3% payable on SDLT charges. The increase also affects those buying a second home or a holiday home however it is the buy-to-let market that it is anticipated will be affected most. So what is the alternative?